Late Summer Garden

Do you get as much peace from your garden as I do from mine?  Many of you have seen my roses, hibiscus, daisies, petunias, black-eyed susans, and hydrangeas.  Of course, I have Rick’s Landscaping to thank for most of this, but hubby and I (well, 99.9% hubby) have watered and trimmed.  I have eaten the yummy tomatoes, basil and chives from our back door garden.  But don’t we ALL love a peaceful garden?

Garden brown burlapThis is how I chose to create our late summer garden card.  I love the look and feel of  Chocolate Chip on the Baked Brown Sugar “back fence” which comes from the Hardwood background stamp ($13.95).  My method of stamping this image is a bit unique.  I don’t even mount it.  I simply lay it on a piece of scratch paper, ink it, place my Baked Brown Sugar cs on top, place a larger piece of scratch paper on top of everything, and rub.  This method works well for me.  The stamped and die cut flowers and foliage branch come from the retired Secret Garden stamp and framelits sets.  However, the single leaves were stamped and die cut from the Flower Patch Stamp Set ($25.95 for 19 stamps) and the Flower Fair Framelits ($24.95).  I like the detail found in the retired set. 

Garden white burlapThe focal point of these samples is a “big box” burlap flower.  I purchased these half-price earlier this summer.  There are 6 types you can choose from.  The “garden” is layered on the new Darling Doily Thinlit.  This die is much much easier to use than the Sizzlit die that was available last year.  There is still a bit of poking required with a toothpick to insure all the openings are cleared, but many of the pieces fall out on there own if you gently bang the thinlet against a hard surface (I use my desk).  The doily tames down the coarse burlap flower.  A few embellishments were added to the flower centers.  A bit of Calypso Coral Organdy Ribbon adds more texture to the burlap, doily, embellishments and appearance of the hardwood background.  I have stamped and die cut many of the flowers and leaves and plan to have many of the hardwood images pre-stamped for you.

One more project remains to be posted – the Holiday Box made with the new Gift Box Punch Board.  Now, I will admit I was awed by this new punch board.  You create a box that has its own closure – all done with one piece of paper.  I’ve fooled around with the smallest box (2 X 2 X 2) and the largest one (4 X 4 X 4).  How easy to make your own box, fill it with whatever, close it, tag it, and give it to a neighbor, family member, co-worker, etc.  This is a perfect Secret Santa solution!

Check back tomorrow for this last project for the September Stamp Camp – Thursday and Friday (Sept. 4th and 5th) from 2 – 9 PM, and Saturday (Sept. 6th) from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Come when it is convenient for you.  $12 is the cost for all the supplies and tools.  Give me a call if you need a different date or time.  I am very flexible. 

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

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Tis the Season

Whew!  Two blog posts in one day!  Am I ever behind!!!!!!

Many thanks to crafter Judy for our first Christmas cards of 2014.  She subscribes to several sites and purchases re-printable scenic prints from time-to-time.  I fell in love with this print and she offered to print enough copies for September Stamp Camp.  Thank you Judy!  We all appreciate your talent and generosity.   

Pink and White Christmas“Tis the Season” gives us a very soft and peaceful Christmas card in Pink Pirouette and Whisper White.  The re-print has been sprayed with my “famous” home brew which is a combination of alcohol and retired SU Champagne Mist.  This gives the card a beautiful shimmer and sparkle.  I’m so glad I thought to purchase several small bottles of the Champagne Mist before they were retired!  The print has been layered on white cs and then on the Pink Pirouette card.  The border of the card  has been pre-punched for you with the Hearts Border Punch.  A bit of pink ribbon is added thru 2 holes you will punch on your card layers.  Finally, the envelope is lined with your choice of Pink Pirouette polka dotted or striped DSP.  This card is so elegant, yet so simple.  A big thanks to our Judy for making this card possible!

I hate to keep repeating myself in each blog, but I know many of you don’t subscribe to my blogs, and may have missed the previous one.  So, to those of you who are subscribers, you can stop reading here!  If you didn’t read read the Giggle Greetings blog post,  September Stamp Camp (Thursday and Friday September 4th and 5th from 2 PM to 9 PM) and Saturday September 6th from 9 AM to 4 PM.) We will also be making a holiday box (Christmas, Fall, or everyday) using the new Gift Box Punch Board (this is really cool), a Giggle Greetings card, and finally, a late summer garden card. All of this for $12.00 which includes all your supplies, tools, and even beverages to keep you cool!

In case you haven’t read my most recent E-mails, I will be offering 2 special workshops this fall – an Iris Folding workshop where we will learn how easy Iris Folding is, and we will make a Christmas and a fall card – and a Christmas Stamp-A-Stack workshop consisting of 5 totally different cards and you will make 3-4 of each card. This will give you a nice assortment of holiday cards. And it is faster to make duplicates of a card. I haven’t ironed out the dates yet but will do so shortly and will let you know. I am very flexible and can set up 1:1 dates/times if you cannot make it during the pre-set time period. I will, however, need a firm commitment for these special workshops.

Blessings to all!  Enjoy your labor day as we will all soon be laboring with the holidays approaching.  I hope to see you for September Stamp Camp!  Give me a call, or send me an E-mail with any questions, concerns, or gardening issues (just kidding).  Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

Giggle Greetings

I absolutely love the Giggle Greetings stamp set.  Four cute stamps for $16.95!  For the September Stamp Camp, you can choose the image that works for you.  Here are the samples I did, but of course you can create your card however you wish!

Giggle Greetings

Debbie created the samples based from a card shown by Laura’s Works of Heart.  Deb chose the colors Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise which would coordinate with the new Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper.  I came up with the idea of following the zig-zag pattern of the DSP by snipping off the excess to follow the design (and I have already done that for you!)  Deb stamped the image in Black Memento ink on Whisper White and die cut the image with a Starburst Framelit .  We colored the images with the marvelous new Blendabilities.  I really appreciate the shading I am able to do with these markers.  The cut image is layered on a Basic Black circle, and then onto a circle of Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise or Melon Mambo.  Although you can’t tell, the Rich Razzleberry front layer has been embossed with the new Large Polka Dot embossing folder ($7.95).  We’ve added a small bow of Daffodil Delight or Tempting Turquoise ribbon and a punched heart embellished with a colored rhinestone and a bit of gold cording.  The inside of the card is layered with Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White.  We have appropriate messages for all four of these images.  I stamped the image on the envelope by masking out the verbiage. 

Too cute!  And this is just one of the items we will be creating at the September Stamp Camp (Thursday and Friday September 4th and 5th from 2 PM to 9 PM) and Saturday September 6th from 9 AM to 4 PM.)  We will also be making a pink and white Christmas card with a lined enveloped, a holiday box (Christmas, Fall, or everyday) using the new Gift Box Punch Board (this is really cool), and finally, a late summer garden card.  All of this for $12.00 which includes all your supplies, tools, and even beverages to keep you cool!

In case you haven’t read my most recent E-mails, I will be offering 2 special workshops this fall – an Iris Folding workshop where we will learn how easy Iris Folding is, and we will make a Christmas and a fall card – and a Christmas Stamp-A-Stack workshop consisting of 5 totally different cards and you will make 3-4 of each card.  This will give you a nice assortment of holiday cards.  And it is faster to make duplicates of a card.  I haven’t ironed out the dates yet but will do so shortly and will let you know.  I am very flexible and can set up 1:1 dates/times if you cannot make it during the pre-set time period.  I will, however, need a firm commitment for these special workshops.

Blessings to you all!  I hope to see you at the upcoming September Stamp Camp.  On a personal note, my Mother flew home safely on September 30th, and I saw my California sister for about 10 minutes at the airport.  My sister and brother-in-law had been in Pennsylvania while my brother-in-law umpired the Little League World Series.  Kudos to the Chicago Jackie Robinson team for winning the Little League USA title!  Give me a call or send an E-mail if you have any concerns, questions, or want to discuss the weather!

Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com